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Image's 'Phantom Jack' #1 in stores March 17th

Official Press Release

Orange, CA – 8 March, 2004 – What happens when a comic book journalist turns comic book creator? Ask Newsarama and Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Mike San Giacomo, whose debut series from Image Comics, PHANTOM JACK, hits shelves later this month.

Like San Giacomo, the title character of PHANTOM JACK is a newspaper reporter who always seems to get the impossible stories. But that's where the similarities end. After all, reporter Jack Baxter's uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time is probably aided by his invisibility: a gift he uses both for good and for his own selfish gain. Despite his success, Jack is not entirely sure if his power is a gift or curse, as he carries with him the guilt of letting a friend die in a foreign land – a friend he could have saved, if only he had the courage.

Combining science-fiction themes with ethical conundrums and weaving them through a timeline concurrent with recent events such as the War in Iraq, PHANTOM JACK promises to be one of the most unique and original new comics.

Originally planned as part of Marvel's Epic line, PHANTOM JACK found a new home in the eclectic mix at Image Comics. With a well-known writer like San Giacomo at the helm and full-color art by Mitchell Breitweiser and Jaime Jones, this new crime fiction/superhero series has already started a buzz among industry's top creators.

"If Mike's comic is half as interesting as his amazing investigative reporting, well then, it'll be twice as interesting as everything else on the market. Can't wait," commented Brian Michael Bendis, the multiple award-winning writer of POWERS and Ultimate Spider-Man.

Everyone in the industry respects San Giacomo's writing about comics. With the release of PHANTOM JACK #1, the rest of the world will get a peek at his writing for comics.

PHANTOM JACK #1 is available for order now in the March edition of Previews and will go on sale March 17.

Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to become the third largest comics publisher in the United States. There are currently four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into three major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions and Image Central, which is home to PHANTOM JACK). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. Visit www.imagecomics.com for more information.

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